Israel Announces Opening of Embassy in UAE (Official)

Israel announced Sunday the opening of an embassy in the United Arab Emirates, just over four months after the signing of an agreement to normalize its relations with this Arab Gulf monarchy.

โ€œThe Israeli Embassy in Abu Dhabi was officially opened today with the arrival of the mission representative, Eitan Naeh,โ€ the Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding that the Israeli delegation will work to โ€œdeepenโ€ further the links between these two states.

Israel has announced in recent months agreements to normalize its relations with four Arab countries: the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, but also Sudan and Morocco, under the sponsorship of the United States of America by President Donald Trump.

Moreover, the Israeli government officially approved on Sunday the agreement with Morocco, which, however, still needs to get the green light from MEPs.

In the wake of this wave of normalization, many trade agreements have been signed between the Emirates and Israel in the agri-food, tourism and high-tech sectors.

In recent days, an Israeli subsidiary of the French giant EDF signed a first cooperation agreement with a company in the Emirates in the field of renewable energy aimed at making the Hebrew state a world leader in solar energy.

On Sunday, the United Arab Emirates approved the installation of its first embassy in Tel Aviv, an Israeli metropolis where the majority of diplomatic representations are based because it does not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The Palestinians denounce the ongoing normalization of relations between Israel and Arab countries, believing that this process could only be envisaged after โ€” and not before โ€” a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Prior to the Emirates, Egypt and Jordan were the only Arab countries to have established diplomatic relations with the Hebrew State, after the signing, respectively, in 1979 and 1994, of peace treaties that ended the state of war with the Israeli neighbour.